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The objective of the paper is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of an ultra-low-cost uterine balloon tamponade package (ESM-UBT™) for facility-based management of uncontrolled postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nepal. A standardised ESM-UBT package was implemented in 307 facilities over 29 months (1 September 2012 to 1 February 2015). Data were collected via a multi-pronged approach including data card completion, chart reviews, and provider interviews. These pilot data suggest that the ESM-UBT package is a clinically promising and safe method to arrest uncontrolled postpartum haemorrhage and save women’s lives. The UBT was successfully placed by all levels of facility-based providers. Future studies are needed to further evaluate the effectiveness of ESM-UBT in low-resource settings.


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